Albany Scientists Honored for Teaching City Teens about
By Marcia Wood
March 1, 2005
National news release
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2005-Ask a teen about how a plant grows and you might
be surprised at how many details you hear, if the teen has been to the
Agricultural Research Service's
Agricultural Sciences Academic Workshop.
Held every spring semester since 1994 at the agency's
Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif., near San Francisco, the
workshop recently garnered a 2004 "ARS Administrator's Equal Opportunity
and Civil Rights Award" for its founders and coordinators, all of whom are
or were on the research center staff. The award was presented at ARS' recent
annual honors ceremony in Washington, D.C. ARS is the chief scientific research
agency of the U.S. Department of
The award winners are plant physiologist
D. Barak-Cunningham, molecular biologist
L. Carollo, plant physiologist
M. DuPont, chemist
B. Merrill, chemist
W. S. Wong, chemist Ladell Crawford (deceased), former plant physiologist
Katrina Cornish, and retirees Glenn Fuller and Pamela Keagy, both former
research chemists now serving as research collaborators.
"By offering the workshop in cooperation with the West Contra Costa
County Unified School District, the Albany scientists have reached out to
talented, minority high school juniors, giving these students a hands-on
opportunity to learn about high-tech agriculture and food sciences
research," said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling.
"The sessions with the experts encourage students to seek scientific
careers," Knipling said. "The students receive credit for attending
the 15-week series, and get to do fun and educational experiments alongside the
researchers, such as using plant latex to make hypoallergenic rubber, moving
new genes into a potato, or isolating bacteria from a lettuce leaf."
Each student who participates in the workshop is required to teach a science
lesson at an elementary school. In that way, the workshop has reached
approximately 2,000 elementary school children in the San Francisco Bay Area.